Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
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  1. Jan 13, 2011
    Ultimately, The Sims 3 gives DS owners the Sims game they've always wanted, and it does a pretty fine job of condensing the console and PC experience into a handheld. In spite of the design and technical problems that crop up along the way, the game is just as entertaining and engrossing as ever, and the constant need to complete one more task, earn the next rank or achieve one last goal is a strong enough pull to keep you playing for hours on end.
  2. Dec 21, 2010
    Despite its limitations, Sims 3 manages to be the closest to the true Sims experience for people who want to play God on the go.
  3. Jan 13, 2011
    All in all, The Sims 3 for the DS is probably the most worthwhile handheld port of the series yet, and gamers who want to play the Sims but don't have a game-worthy computer or stationary console system can finally enjoy some of the proper Sims experience. If you've already got the heftier PC or console versions, though, I wouldn't bother unless you're really dying to Sim on the go.
  4. Dec 21, 2010
    The Sims 3 on the DS finally delivers an open-world god-sim experience, but it's not without some minor frustrations.

Awards & Rankings

#21 Most Discussed DS Game of 2010
#26 Most Shared DS Game of 2010
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 23
  2. Negative: 6 out of 23
  1. Dec 24, 2017
    It is a good game but is on the wrong platform. buy it on the computer instead.
  2. May 23, 2016
    This is an excellent portable Sims game. In fact, I think it actually can compare to the console and PC versions! You can create your own homeThis is an excellent portable Sims game. In fact, I think it actually can compare to the console and PC versions! You can create your own home from scratch, and there are plenty of customization options. The graphics are pretty impressive for a DS game. The most surprising thing for me is that the DS version even lets you go into the town. It isn't small, either. In fact, it's almost as big as the PC map! There are plenty of things to do, people to meet, and goals to accomplish. I love this game, and it is so addictive. I strongly recommend this game if you are a fan of The Sims games. Full Review »
  3. Oct 13, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Pros:
    -For the first time ever, players can experience a full life simulation on a handheld for NDS
    -Many original things from the pc version
    -Player can walk around town and chat with people on the street like in the PC version
    -Can visit neighbor's house, but you must befriend with one of the member in the house
    -There is a new karma power which gives your sim a power to do something magic for example: changing the season of the town to winter, make your enemy extremely unlucky
    -"Sculpt" a sim using stylus in Create-a-Sim

    -Sims in this game are ugly
    -No newspaper, maid, gardener and repairman. If you want a job you must look on a computer or drive to the workplace
    -Fire can't start if you have low cooking skill, it just make your food quality low
    -Cannot age and die, so there is no child in this game
    -No swimming pool
    -No fence

    Overall this game is awesome and I've spent a lot of hours on this.
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